Justice Laura Liu Scholarship Fund
Laura Liu was the first Asian-American Justice to serve on the Appellate Court in Illinois. She was the first Chinese-American elected to public office in Chicago and Cook County, and the first Chinese-American woman judge in Illinois history.
She chaired the Illinois Supreme Court's Language Access Committee to ensure the court system was accessible to those whose first language was not English.
Laura was a dedicated mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. She found great fulfillment and deep meaning through service to others, and wished for her legacy to be one that celebrated selflessness in all people, but most especially children.
This scholarship fund was established at Laura's request to support Asian American students and families wishing to attend St. Therese. Currently, the fund provides assistance to three St. Therese students.
The Woodrow "Woodie" Lee Scholarship Fund
Woodrow "Woodie" Lee is an alumnus of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School. Woodie was part of the generation that built Chicago’s Chinatown. He grew up one of 15 children in Chinatown, a son of parents born in China. Woodie was also in the first sizable group of Catholics in Chinatown, where he was among the early graduates of St. Therese.
Woodie established this scholarship fund to provide a helping hand for hardworking St. Therese students and families.
Woodie died in May of 2017 but his scholarship fund will continue in his memory. St. Therese has been blessed with the generosity of family and friends who continue support the scholarship fund in honor of Woodie so that students will continue to benefit from Woodie’s generosity for years to come. One junior high student is the beneficiary of the fund.
The Harry Tong Scholarship
The Harry Wing Tong Scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit leadership, excellent academic performance, and "going the extra mile" in and out of the classroom. This year's Harry Tong Scholarship will benefit three students at St. Therese.
Harry Tong was the youngest of 6 children born in Guangdon, China. He moved to Chinatown at the age of 4. Harry lived the American Dream. He always tried his best and never took anything for granted, remember his roots, proud of his Chinese heritage, and forever thankful for the opportunity to come to American and become a US citizen.
Initially a high school drop out, Harry learned through personal experience the importance of education. Harry returned to school and ended up earning his diploma, an AA, Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees all while working full time, raising 5 children and even then, giving back to the community.
Nothing made Harry happier than helping others. Harry also understood that the path to success is through education. He and his wife funded scholarships to help those who, like them, come from humble beginnings. Scholarship winners are those of simple means, with a drive to succeed and a commitment to community service.
Pictured above are the 2016-17 scholarship winners with Father Li and Principal Cavallone.
The Harry Tong Scholarship Fund is supported by private donors.